Dear All,

I'm forwarding two news stories that suggest that the proposed tax on tuition waiver has been removed from the tax bill (A story from Bloomberg circulated yesterday by the Provost's office ; and a story from today's Washington Post).  I hope the end of the semester is treating you all well.



From: Cody Edwards
Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2017 8:36 AM



For your further information, from Kerry Bolognese:



loomberg Government


GOP Tentative Deal Scraps Tax on Grad Students' Tuition

By Sahil Kapur | December 13, 2017 02:31PM ET | Bloomberg First Word

GOP Sen. Steve Daines says tax on graduate school tuition waivers wonít be in final House-Senate tax package.

  • NOTE: The tax, which was included in the House bill that passed last month, sparked an outcry among graduate students and universities; Senate package did not include it
  • "Folks who are in grad school will feel pretty good about the final result," said Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota


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Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 8:52 AM
Subject: Proposed plan to tax graduate tuition waivers


Dear colleagues,


Over the past few weeks, many of you have expressed great concern regarding the Houseís proposed tax plan (see link below for more information). Among other things this plan would impose a tax on waived tuition. Obviously, such a tax would further burden our students financially, even making it impossible for some to pursue graduate degrees. With input from many others, Kerry Bolognese, Director of Federal Government Relations in Masonís office of Government and Community Relations, addressed the attached letter of concern to Senator Mark Warner. Kerry will continue to work political channels to voice our concerns and to determine other action available to us. We are also working with colleagues at other VA institutions and the Council of Graduate Schools to voice united opposition to this proposed tax.


We will continue to share information as it becomes available and trust you will do the same.


Take care,




Cody W. Edwards, Ph.D.

Associate Provost for Graduate Education

Interim Executive Director, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

Office of the Provost
George Mason University
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